CNN’s Jake Tapper, one of Donald Trump’s chief foils in the president’s campaign to discredit mainstream media, saw the carnage in Syria yesterday and shared a Donald Trump tweet from 2013. Back then not nearly as many people paid attention to what Trump, busy starring in Celebrity Apprentice, thought about international affairs. But Trump was nevertheless an avid commentator. He tweeted directly at President Obama, telling him that attacking Syria had “no upside and tremendous downside.” Tapper thought it was relevant to share Trump’s 2013 beliefs in light of Trump’s condemnation of the latest Syrian carnage.
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013
The question Tapper raises in unearthing Trump’s 4-year-old tweet is whether or not this latest attack on Syrian civilians constitutes, in Trump’s mind, “another (and more important) day!” Tapper offered no additional commentary, saying only “tweet from 2013” before sharing. However Tapper also shared former VP candidate Tim Kaine’s reaction to the Syrian attack:
.@timkaine reacts to Syrian chemical weapons attack: “We should be trying to prosecute [Assad] in the Hague for war crimes.” (CNN)
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) April 5, 2017